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YouTuber Mr. Beast, known for his expensive stunts, has donated over $1million of food to various food banks; many of which have been hit hard by covid-19.
Food banks are finding it harder than ever to encourage donations from the public, particularly as many people have taken to panic buying and stockpiling goods during the coronavirus pandemic.
In his twelve minute video, Mr. Beast (real name Jimmy Donaldson) fills trucks with palettes of food including much needed protein to donate to food banks in areas such as North Carolina.
During the YouTube video, which was posted to his channel on 27th March, Mr. Beast can be seen with friends unloading palettes worth of meat including bacon and hot dogs to the freezers of food banks from one of the six Smithfield trucks he filled with food.
Speaking at the start of his video, Mr. Beast said: "Due to recent events, lots of people have started to hoard food, and when you hoard food, you donate less."
As the coronavirus pandemic continues around the world, food banks are finding it increasingly more difficult to get donations. This is particularly difficult for the Food Bank of the Albemarle, where staff worker said: "Two weeks ago, meat was very scarce.
"It was hard to find."
At the end of the video, having delivered all of the food from the six trucks Mr. Beast is seen talking with the Smithfield program manager Jonathan and urging viewers to donate and encourage more donations as part of Feeding America's COVID-19 Response Fund.
For every $1 donated to the fund, Smithfield will provide one more serving of protein to food banks in need. If Mr.Beast's audience of over 33 million subscribers can help raise a total of $1 million for the fund, Smithfield will double its donation, providing two servings for every $1 contributed.
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